Mass Extinction and Fossil Records

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The focus of a fossil-based lesson uses graphs and charts that allow young paleontologists to make inferences about events of mass extinction. They must apply their previous knowledge about fossil records in this final lesson of the five-part series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Emphasize a cross-curricular connection to making inferences in literature class
  • Use a KWL chart as another way to assess student learning
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires at least six brachiopod fossils to complete the first part of the lesson
Pros

  • Includes vocabulary and an extension idea
  • Presents a safety tip about handling fossils
Cons

  • More graphs would allow for better data interpretation
  • Document permissions do not allow for printing
Common Core